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As much as I admire vintage hand pieced quilts; for the patience and time that was put into it, this one is a mess. My mother-in-law gave me some quilts and blocks a while back that her mom had done. This one is her favorite and she wanted me to quilt it for her.  So today, I dug it out of storage and laid it out to see what I was up against. This thing has more puckers and waves than a beauty pageant. :unsure: I think I'll just crack a bottle of Moscato and let it rip.

 

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James

James & Carrie Melton
APQS Freedom '08 - Hand guided - M&M Wheels - The Topper
 

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James, good luck with your fan quilt.  Don't you know you can just quilt out all those puckers and waves!  LOL  That's what my customers think anyway.  I would try to starch and steam it before you even put it on the frame.  I'm sure someone else with more experience will chime in here with more help for you.  Seriously, good luck!


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I agree wtih Debbie. I would try to steam and press it to see if it shrinks up any.  Also try an extra loft batting or double layer of batting to take up some of the fullness.  Good luck.  Post pictures when you finish.


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Use a wool batting if you can find it. It's light weight and quilts beautifully. The extra poof will help with the "extra" fabric.
And since the top is vintage and extra care will be taken when laundering anyway, the wool batt will stay nice and the quilt can be used.


Linda Rech

Finely Finished Quilts

Millennium on Bliss rails--hand-guided

http://www.topperquilttools.com

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Ooh James, I envy you with this quilt top!!! I just took classes with Linda Taylor at Houston, and one of those classes was different quilting designs on a vintage fan quilt top! If you get the chance to see a photo of it, it may assist you in how you'll be able to treat the "friendliness" in the quilt top you have.

I can't wait to see what you do with this one. :)


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Hand guided 2012 Blissed Millennium with Glide.

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:blush: Everyone eagerly awaiting my results....from someone that's only done pantos :blush:

 

Linda - Wool? I'll be lucky if I can find cotton. The only local store we have is Hobby Lobby and Wal-Mart. I'm not sure they offer other than loft. I do have a 60 yard roll of Hobbs Poly that I brought with me from Texas.

 

Julie - I envy you. Traveling all the way from Australia to attend the Houston Quilt show and take classes? I lived hours away from Houston and never had the opportunity to attend due to my career. I'm no Linda Taylor but I'll give it my best. ;)

 

Vicki - Like you said "what else can be said" :blush:


James

James & Carrie Melton
APQS Freedom '08 - Hand guided - M&M Wheels - The Topper
 

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James, it will be fine, I have posted one vintage quilt yours that I quilted last year, not only was it full of problems, the sides were all different sizes. I use wool & quilted baptist fan to conquer the waves & fullness. Your Hobbs poly should be ok also, just prepare little thin layers of extra battings to stuff those C cups. You will be surprised how beautiful that quilt is going to be.


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Corey Starkey

IQ & Bllissed Millennium

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James, you can order the wool from Hancocks of Paducah. They will ship it right to your house.  If you aren't in a hurry to finish it, you might want to check them out.


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I have no local outlet for the "good" battings either.  I only have Wal Mart and the nearest JoAnns is 60 miles away.   I don't care for batting from either place anyway.     I order from online sources and it is usually here within a week or so...........Quilted Memories is a good source for Hobbs..........Quilt bug.com for the "dream" battings..........I've also ordered from Hancocks of Paducah.   I usually buy my batting in rolls rather than packages unless I only need enough for 1 quilt.   Good luck !


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......well as usual I cracked under pressure and couldn't bring myself to try custom. I wish I would have tried my boomerang template. I guess I just need to play with blank fabric and try to get comfortable doing free-hand designs.

I'm not happy but of course my DW likes it. She wouldn't tell me any different.

 

I just ordered the M&M wheels today; hoping that will smooth up some of my curves. 

 

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James

James & Carrie Melton
APQS Freedom '08 - Hand guided - M&M Wheels - The Topper
 

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James,

 

The quilt is fine.  Quilted and used is better than wadded/folded up in a drawer or closet.  Do take into consideration all of the advice for buying batting online.  It's worth it not to have to make do with batts that may be fine for hand quilting but not fine for longarming.

 

Lynn

 

P.S. Happy New Year


Lynn Founatin

Fountain Fiber Arts, LLC

fountainfiber@bellsouth.net

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Great finish that lets this treasure emerge from the shadows and be loved as it should be! It's wonderful!

 

(psst! James! Over here. Let me share a secret about "custom". It'll be just between you and me. Ignore those people over there. Custom is regular quilting. Yep! Just regular old stitching like all of us do. The secret is repetition. Huh? What do you mean, repetition? You master an element. You stitch loops or stippling or curls or CC's. You do that by repetition--I know--duh! Then when you have a smooth line, graceful shapes, and consistent sizes of elements, you repeat them on the quilt top. There's that word again! You can fill a sampler quilt, a fan quilt, a log cabin, whatever---with the same repeated shapes and suddenly it's "custom". You can fill a space with a nice stipple and if you go back and ribbon it--that's custom. You can stitch curls within the same space and a consistent spacing will show beautiful texture---and that's custom. Outlining is custom--and that takes control which comes from (urp) practice. And that comes with repetition. Boring practice will then thrill you with gorgeous stitching. Stitching pantos is great practice for custom. You master smooth curves, staying on the line (think stencils and freehand marking up front) and lets you bond with your machine. You're on your way to "custom" and didn't know it! ;) )

Back to our regularly scheduled programming.


Linda Rech

Finely Finished Quilts

Millennium on Bliss rails--hand-guided

http://www.topperquilttools.com

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James, I think you did an awesome job!!

You have breathed life into this quilt top and now it can actually be used as a quilt, for which it was originally purposed to be. Because of you, this vintage quilt top will be preserved for many more years to come. What an heirloom to pass on to the next generation! :)


5D9B899E078457BB53D3F7C6030FEE84.pngJulie & "The Pearl Girl"

Hand guided 2012 Blissed Millennium with Glide.

http://heritage-keepsakes.blogspot.com.au

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Great finish that lets this treasure emerge from the shadows and be loved as it should be! It's wonderful!

 

(psst! James! Over here. Let me share a secret about "custom". It'll be just between you and me. Ignore those people over there. Custom is regular quilting. Yep! Just regular old stitching like all of us do. The secret is repetition. Huh? What do you mean, repetition? You master an element. You stitch loops or stippling or curls or CC's. You do that by repetition--I know--duh! Then when you have a smooth line, graceful shapes, and consistent sizes of elements, you repeat them on the quilt top. There's that word again! You can fill a sampler quilt, a fan quilt, a log cabin, whatever---with the same repeated shapes and suddenly it's "custom". You can fill a space with a nice stipple and if you go back and ribbon it--that's custom. You can stitch curls within the same space and a consistent spacing will show beautiful texture---and that's custom. Outlining is custom--and that takes control which comes from (urp) practice. And that comes with repetition. Boring practice will then thrill you with gorgeous stitching. Stitching pantos is great practice for custom. You master smooth curves, staying on the line (think stencils and freehand marking up front) and lets you bond with your machine. You're on your way to "custom" and didn't know it! ;) )

Back to our regularly scheduled programming.

 

 

:huh: :huh:  :huh: that's easy for you to say..... :lol:


James

James & Carrie Melton
APQS Freedom '08 - Hand guided - M&M Wheels - The Topper
 

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Looking great James!   Just remember, the more hours you spend quilting with your machine, whether it's doing pantos or "custom", the end result is that you will become a better quilter, which means smooth curves and other pretty shapes.  Keep going and PPP!  You can do it!  ;)


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James and Carrie, any newbie.

 

Check Jamie Wallen on You Tube, Face Book or his site,

which you can find  just by typing his name in the search box.

 

He gives such tremendous information, and shows you how,

just such a thorough teacher.. and  a wonderful man.

 

I even use newspapers, and old phone books.. any scrap  paper

And Jamie suggests those thin line Sharpies.. They work great.

if short on paper, use 2 or 3 different color sharpies, using lightest

first and getting darker as you go.

 

 

Rita

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